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See below for issue updates, organizing news, contract victories, member action alerts, and more

Members at State Medical Facility Stand Together For Safety and Patient Care

Members with the State of Ohio have an obligation to provide quality health care and a safe environment. Each year health care members at a state facility also complete an annual exam that requires training and preparation.

The members at this facility recently stood together to file a class action grievance out of concern that time needed to study for the exam would detract from patient care. As a result of their efforts, members are being provided with 8 hours of relief from regular duties to complete important education and the requisite testing. 

The stand taken by these workers ensures proper training, a safe environment, and the best possible patient care. The effort also shows the importance of their voice in the workplace and that by standing united, they were able to reach the best possible outcome. We are stronger together.

St. Mary’s Medical Center Recognition Rally

West Virginia Member Leader Visits Senator Shelley Moore Capito’s D.C. Office

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Last week, Vikki Tully, Member Vice President for West Virginia and Kentucky, traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with staff from Senator Shelley Moore Capito’s office. 

Vikki joined together with other activists and union members from West Virginia. They met with Senator Capito’s staff to insist on the importance of opposing court nominees who do not support union rights, among other issues important to West Virginia’s working families.  

Union Solidarity Rally for St. Mary’s Medical Center Workers

Hospital workers at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia, are fighting for recognition of their Union as they work to improve their wages, benefits and working conditions.

Despite overwhelming support by hospital workers, St. Mary’s Executives are pulling every dirty trick in the book to divide workers and putting out fake, false and misleading information about the Union.

On August 13th, join us at 28th Street and 3rd Avenue as we rally together in support of St. Mary’s workers. 

What: Union Solidarity Rally for St. Mary’s Workers 
When
: Monday, August 13 from 3 PM – 4:30 PM
Where: 28th Street and 3rd Avenue in Huntington 

Sign this petition to stand with hospital workers at St. Mary’s Medical Center

SEIU West Virginia Members Stand With Richard Ojeda for Congress

On Saturday, members of SEIU District 1199 met with Richard Ojeda in Beckley, West Virginia. State Senator Ojeda is a member-endorsed candidate running for Congress in West Virginia’s Third District. Working families in West Virginia need champions like Richard Ojeda. 

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The general election will be held on November 6th. To register to vote or update your registration, you can now update your registration or register online. Just be sure to update your registration by October 16th. We are stronger together. 

SEIU District 1199 Staff Sponsor “Let’s Do Lunch” at the City Mission in Huntington

Staff with SEIU District 1199 recently voted to donate $2,000 to “Let’s Do Lunch” with the Huntington City Mission. The donation is funded through voluntary staff contributions and will help provide lunch for a week at the shelter.  

The lunch program regularly serves around 200 individuals a day. The Huntington City Mission provides critical services to homeless individuals in the local area. If interested in donating to the Huntington City Mission or sponsoring “Let’s Do Lunch,” please join us and visit their website at the link above. 

Action Alert – Union Strong Buttons and Household Decals

To stand together, members with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH can now request buttons and household decals. You can contact the Member Resource Center with a request for you, your coworkers, and/or everyone at your worksite. 

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If you are a member of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH, call 877-419-SEIU, email mrc@seiu1199.org, or you can make your request online with the Member Resource Center. We are stronger together. 

Medical Assistants at St. Vincent Charity Hospital Join SEIU District 1199

Medical assistants at St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland recently voted to join SEIU District 1199. Like the other members at the hospital, these health care workers care deeply about the mission of St. Vincent and joined SEIU District 1199 to have an increased voice at work. 

Congratulations to these workers and welcome to SEIU District 1199. If you are interested in forming a union at your workplace, visit our page on joining our union. We are stronger together. 

Reagan Tokes Act Clears House

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We Rise – Show Your Support For Unions

A decision in the Janus case is coming soon. Let’s show that no court decision will keep us from standing united. Working people are sticking together in their unions.  (more…)

Does your contract protect our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered members?

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Does your contract protect our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered members?

State laws in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio DO NOT!  Your contract needs to be the first line of defense.

• Anti-Discrimination Articles: Does your contract include anti-discrimination clauses to protect LGBT Members? Neither the employer nor the Union shall discriminate against or in favor of any employee on account of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, sexual preference, gender identity, age, Union activity, disability or veteran status.
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Sick Time: Does your contract allow LGBT members to use sick time equitably? Immediate family is defined as spouse, daughter (in‑law), son (in‑law), father (in‑law), mother (in‑law), brother (in‑law), sister (in‑law), grandparent (in-law) legal guardian or other person who stands in the place of a parent (in loco parents) or others living in the employee’s household who are related through blood or marriage, and Domestic Partners.
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Insurance: Does your contract allow LGBT members to equally use insurance plans?
• Bereavement Leave: Does your contract allow LGBT members to use bereavement equally?

Your contract is the pathway to equality!

Your contract doesn’t give you these rights? Contact our Lavender Caucus to learn how to fight for these rights in your next contract.

For additional information, contact Lee Evans at 614-461-1199 or levans@seiu1199.org

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Action Alert – Update Your Registration or Register to Vote Online for November

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In West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio, voters have the option to register to vote online. This is an important election cycle and we must make our voices heard. Below are the voter registration deadlines for the November 6th election: 

• Ohio | October 9th Deadline | Register |
• Kentucky | October 9th Deadline | Register |
• West Virginia | October 16th Deadline | Register |

A voter guide with additional information on member endorsed candidates is now available and additional endorsements are forthcoming. We are stronger together. 

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Favors CEOs & Corporations, Limits Workers’ Rights

supreme courtThis week, the United States Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision restricted workers’ rights. The ruling limits the ability of private-sector workers to join together to address violations of labor law — such as wage theft, harassment, and discrimination. 

At a time when the deck is already stacked against working people and their families, this decision further erodes the bedrock rights of working people, while siding with the interests of corporations and CEOs. 

What Does the Decision Mean for Working People? Following this anti-worker ruling, employees may be forced to sign arbitration agreements. As a result, they will no longer be able to persue class action lawsuits when facing wage theft and/or other violations of labor law.

The likely impact of this case is that workers will be deterred from standing up for their rights. Under the new precedent, when workers do speak out, they may not only be denied the chance for collective action but forced to pursue expensive legal claims under a rigged system of corporate arbitration.

The timing of the decision is also important. A decision is expected soon in the anti-labor case Janus vs. AFSCME

We Are Stronger Together. The decision highlights the importance of unions and the need for working people to stand together. Working people are a force against inequity when they stand together. Union workers also have a vital and important voice in the workplace.

Read More (NPR): “Supreme Court Decision Delivers Blow To Workers’ Rights.”

Parole Officers Fight For Reagan Tokes Act

Because of the work of our Parole Officers through the Union, today we passed the Reagan Tokes Act (HB365) out of the Ohio House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee by a vote of 10-1.

This is HUGE. Today’s victory would not have been possible without Parole Officers like you taking time out of your lives and work to come to Columbus for our Lobby Days and meet face-to-face with legislators about the need to address caseloads and staffing within the Adult Parole Authority. 

But it gets better than that. The Chairman of the Criminal Justice Committee, Rep. Nathan Manning (R-Lorain), introduced an amendment to create the Offender Supervision Study Committee within the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission.

• Within the creation of the committee, there are requirements for membership of the committee to include an active parole officer, among others. 
• There’s also a requirement that the group shall provide a recommendation to the General Assembly of changes to the revised code regarding all issues related to the supervision of offenders, including issues related to parole, community control, probation, community corrections, transitional control, and issues related to interstate compact policies.

Through our Union, Parole Officers now have a seat at the table going forward. That’s the power of collective action! 

The process still has many steps – but this is a major victory for our members. The next step will be a vote by the Ohio House of Representatives, then the bill will go to the Senate and eventually to Governor Kasich for his signature. I will keep you updated as the process moves forward. 

Rally for $15 Minimum Wage Attempts to Gain Attention of Ohio Lawmakers

Workers at Cambridge Place Assisted Living in Ohio Vote to Join SEIU District 1199

SEIU 3On May 11th, workers at Cambridge Place, an assisted living center in Cambridge, Ohio, voted by a substantial margin to join SEIU District 1199. Workers at this facility voted for a greater voice in their workplace and will now work together to negotiate their first contract.

Employees at Cambridge Place work hard each day to provide the best possible care for residents. Congratulations to the workers at Cambridge Place who stood united during the campaign and welcome to SEIU District 11199. 

We are stronger together. If you are interested in joining SEIU District 1199, contact us here

Cleveland Area SEIU District 1199 Members Win County Party Central Committee Seats

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On May 8th, in Cleveland, several SEIU District 1199 members won precinct committee races and will sit on the Central Committee of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party. 

In addition to many local partners, members who won precinct seats include:

• Carol Ford – Healthcare Ohio Member Vice President [Cleveland 02-E]
• Michele Burk – Executive Board Member [Cleveland 13-H]
 Lynn Radcliffe – Retiree Member Vice President [Euclid 08-A]
• Carolyn Jones Smith – SEIU District 1199 Retiree [Cleveland 10-N]

SEIU District 1199 affiliated fight for $15 leaders and supporters who won seats include: 

• Maria Sapia [Cleveland 06-D]
• Michael Seals [Cleveland 07-M]
• Anita Whitfield [Euclid 01-D]

Congratulations to these members and others who will have a greater role in the local political process moving forward.  

Vote “YES” on Issue 1 for Fair Districts (OH)

Issue 1 has been endorsed by the members of SEIU District 1199, in addition to the Ohio Democratic Party, the Ohio Republican Party, civic groups, and citizens from across Ohio. Issue 1 is on the May 8th primary ballot. 
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New maps will be drawn for congressional elections in 2022. In 2010, redistricting and the process at the Ohio Statehouse divided Ohio’s voters unfairly. When districts are gerrymandered by the political party in control, they are created to give one party an advantage at the expense of fair representation for Ohio’s voters. 

Some districts are drawn so that they become “noncompetitive” and only one political party can win. Areas with high support for a party may also be condensed into a single district to prevent those voters from having a greater voice.

Issue 1 mandates safeguards for the approval of 10-year congressional maps. Most importantly, this process means that 10-year maps require at least some support from both political parties. Without minority party support, only 4-year maps can be drawn and those maps must follow new rules.

Issue 1 is a reform to limit the influence of partisan politics and create districts that are fair. The issue is bi-partisan and has been endorsed by the coalition that first advanced redistricting reform. For additional information, visit the website for Yes on Issue 1 or this voter guide from the Dayton Daily News. 

Observing Workers Memorial Day in 2018

This Workers Memorial Day, on April 28th, we recognize workers that fought for safety protections, as well as those who lost their lives or were injured at work. Many members of SEIU District 1199 work in jobs with potential for injury.

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In 2018, workplace protections are at-risk. With support from business and lobby groups, the Trump administration has moved to weaken and eliminate regulations meant to protect working people.

We urge that agencies that protect safety for working people are fully funded. In West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio, regulations that protect our union brothers and sisters, in addition to all workers, must remain in place.

These issues are particularly important as anti-union special interests have renewed a push to make Ohio a “right-to-work” state. In states that have passed “right-to-work,” workplace safety has also declined.

Over 40 years ago, brave union members and others pushed the Congress to pass a workplace safety law, known as the OSH Act. This year, we continue to declare that every worker has a right to a safe job. We stand united for workplace safety measures that provide vital protections. 

To read more about Workers Memorial Day, visit this page by the AFL-CIO.